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How this D-gal handles her A1C results


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Jul 5, 2012 17:48
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  • How this D-gal handles her A1C results

    Well, I was expecting what my endo told me a few hours ago when I had my 6 month check up – my A1C was 7.2% - usually it’s 6% - has been for past 4 years ever since going onto the pump.  That was one discussion we had – as usual – he’s not keen on the pump – except in children – where he said that less hypos are shown in children (if only I could tell him some of the stories that I’ve heard from D-Mum’s about that – but we could have been debating for hours – while his other patients were waiting).  He was not keen on my going onto the pump back in 2008 – when I decided to give it a try – but eventually I proved to him – that for me – it works ….. as well as MDI (multiple dosage injections) do for me.  I am lucky that I can do both – but as long as I can afford to pump – as it is a luxury if you do not have insurance coverage / provincial coverage / Sugar Daddy – the regular routine of MDI does work – with abit more effort – but it does work as I’m sure some of you reading this will agree. 

    The result of my higher A1C is mainly due to being in the menopause stage of my life (oh joy) – and learning to readjust my insulin needs – weight (I have gained 11 lbs / 5 kg).  I didn’t need to step onto the scale to know that – rubbing thighs making music to my ears lately (NOT) have been making me wince.  Either I learn to take charge, get out of my potato couch mode – or change jobs (what I do now is basically a desk job – prior to this I was much more active) – so I’ve got to get out and just DO IT – rather than write about it – and suffer the consequences.  What didn’t help was problems with an elbow and drugs to help it and to top it all off last month’s threats made to my personal life – very unpleasant to say the least – were a test of my sanity – my parents / my bosses / friends / neighbours – all came to my help keep me sane thru’ the days that followed.  Hopefully the threats do not occur - if they do – we’re prepared.

    The other reason for my visit to my endo – was to finally have him sign the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) forms that I’ve been wanting to give to him since I learned about this earlier in the year (see forum discussion link here) – that will either be accepted by the federal government as being legit or not.  He sadly does not like the word “disability” – and in a way – I agree – but heck – if I can get some sort of monies back – to help maintain my health as long as I can without going into the dog cat house – then call me disabled!!!   Like I told him, one of the form questions ask – “Does your patient meet the conditions for life sustaining therapy as described above? “ - the answer is a resounding “YES”!!  Without it, I’d be not only disabled but most likely dead in a short time.  So forms, along with printed up pages from Diabetes Advocacy – will hopefully help him understand what I am trying to attain.

    So, as I left the office, into the stinking heat wave outside (a balmy 30C / 86F) – I almost felt like crying believe it or not.  Yes, I know an A1C of 7.1% isn’t bad – I know why it is occurring – but I hate having my diabetes control be a victim of it.  So, what does this D-gal do to handle the latest result ?  She goes shopping – finds herself a really nice blue TIGHT shimmery skirt from H&M (only $10) to be worn at hopefully a future D-OC (diabetes online community) meet up – and driving back home – windows open in the car with music from Caliente (tropical latin music) blasting away.  Yes, I am back in my happy place as I plan how to get my diabetes back in control!!! Ole!

    Oh – and guess what - when I got home – my blood sugar (BG) was 4.1 mmol/l / 74 mg/dl – right on (this warmer weather keeps my BG’s in good control). 

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  • By: Kelly59: Jul, 10, 2012 14:02 PM
    You should have written this a few days earlier Anna - I had my appointment on the 3rd and my A1c also went up.  Didn't know I should have gone shopping!  I think mine also went up because of lack of movement (it probably didn't help that I ordered pizza a couple times either!). 

    That surprises me that your endo is anti-pump in older people.  Most of them seem pro-pump.  I am with you, you need to do what works.  The pump didn't work for me, but I can see a lot of pros with it - I didn't miss the take insuin alarms! 



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